Photo: Researchers with the mechanized cane; Copyright: University of Malaga

Mechanized cane measures rehabilitation process without patients noticing it

15/03/2019

It monitors a person's time of use and weight-bearing while walking, in a nonintrusive way for users and at low cost. The device was developed of the Embedded Systems Engineering Group of the University of Malaga. They have specialized in the design of physical devices to aid users.
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Photo: Several women participating in an outdoor group exercise event; Copyright: Debora Cartagena

Accelerated risk of mobility loss for people aged 60+ tied to excess weight/inactivity

25/02/2019

The combination of excess weight/obesity and an inactive lifestyle represents a powerful joint risk factor for developing mobility loss after age 60, according to a new study.
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Photo: Elderly man sitting with his head in one hand; Copyright: panthermedia.net/ridofranz

With age comes hearing loss and a greater risk of cognitive decline

25/02/2019

Hearing impairment is a common consequence of advancing age. Almost three-quarters of U.S. adults age 70 and older live with some degree of hearing loss. One unanswered question has been to what degree hearing impairment intersects with and influences age-related cognitive decline.
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Photo: Grandfather is playing guitar while his grandson is listening/watching; Copyright: panthermedia.net/iphemant

Education may not protect against dementia

20/02/2019

Previous studies have suggested that having a higher level of education may protect the brain to some extent against dementia, providing a "cognitive reserve" that buffers against the disease. But results have been mixed, and a new study finds that education does not play a role in when the disease starts or how fast it progresses.
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Photo: Elderly couple sitting at the beach and communicate with their family via digital tablet; Copyright: panthermedia.net/Lev Dolgachov

Where technology and aging intersect, gerontologists chart path forward

11/02/2019

The latest issue of the journal The Gerontologist from The Gerontological Society of America contains 21 articles highlighting the state-of-the-art research regarding aging and technology, and offering guidance for the future.
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Photo: Patrick Dohmen in the LernLaden; Copyright: WDR/EUKOBA

Accessibility: "We need a shift in awareness in the retail sector"

22/12/2016

Shopping with a disability is no easy feat: almost every store is not accessible. But what does accessibility in retail actually mean? REHACARE.com spoke with Patrick Dohmen of the EUKOBA Association about the idea behind the LernLaden (English: Learning Store) and the awareness and sensitization project for retailers, employees and apprentices.
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Photo: Birgit Gebhardt

Blessing or curse? Using robots in the healthcare sector

21/06/2016

In the distant future? – But today already a reality: robot caregivers are designed to make the daily tasks of healthcare workers easier. Today these types of helpers are already being used in Japan. They lift people in need of care out of their beds, play cards with them or cuddle with dementia patients.
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Photo: meeting in the PIKSL Lab

"PIKSL focuses on the removal of digital barriers"

26/01/2016

Digital transformation does not only cause problems for persons with disabilities. Companies are also facing digital barriers they need to overcome. The PIKSL Lab makes digital inclusion its priority: together, individuals with and without disabilities work on removing digital barriers. In this interview with REHACARE.de, Project Manager Tobias Marczinzik explains the PIKSL concept.
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Photo: Hedwig Reiffs with a visitor and a wheelchair driver

"Comprehensive accessibility would benefit all of us"

12/02/2015

What is it like when you have to manage everyday life in a wheelchair? And what effects do age-related limitations have on mobility? Interested parties can experience this with the help of a wheelchair course and an age simulation suit. REHACARE.com spoke with Hedwig Reiffs from the Self-Help Organization of Physically Disabled Persons Bonn, who recently attended this kind of adventure day.
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